UNH Partners with Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Aug 5, 2019

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the University of New Hampshire have a new partnership.
Credit Dan Tuohy / NHPR

The University of New Hampshire has announced that it is officially partnering with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The partnership will make it easier for UNH students and faculty to engage in educational opportunities and conduct research with the Shipyard.

 

Kevin Gardner, UNH's vice provost for research, says it will especially benefit students in STEM fields, who will have greater access to paid internship and on-site learning opportunities.

 

"The naval shipyard is really committed to helping train those people, get them educated, provide them internships, things like that," Gardner said.

 

The partnership comes as UNH works to strengthen its programs in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The university was recently awarded a $108 million grant from NASA to study oceans. It's also investing in an $86 million upgrade to its biological sciences building, with $10 million for that initiative set aside in the current state capital budget, signed last month by Gov. Chris Sununu.

 

Researchers at UNH and the shipyard are already working together to develop research proposals.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the $10 million set aside for biological sciences at UNH was in the state operating budget vetoed by Gov. Sununu. It was included in the state capital budget, which Sununu signed.